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The violent attack of a woman working alone eight years ago in an Edmonton school moved CUPE Local 474 to take concrete action to end violence against women.

Each year, Edmonton public school custodians distribute 10,000 white ribbons and brochures throughout the school district in the days leading up to December 6, the National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

We promised her we would do all we can to make sure this never happens to anyone else and the White Ribbon Campaign is part of that effort, says CUPE Local 474 president Doug Luellman. We encourage all school board staff to wear a white ribbon in recognition of the need to end violence against women.

CUPE Local 474 represents the 600 custodial workers in Edmonton’s public schools.

The White Ribbon Campaign is a national effort to encourage men and boys to become informed, spread the word and become involved in working to end violence against women and girls.

In addition to the ribbons, CUPE Local 474 distributed a two-page information sheet outlining ten concrete actions men can take to help put a stop to violence.